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The city of Medford, Minnesota is in northern Steele County. The Straight River runs through the city. Interstate Highway 35 and County Roads 12, 22, 23 and 45 are the chief routes through Medford. While most of the city is on the east side of the Interstate, a portion of it has extended over to the west side and south along the Interstate. Clinton Falls, to the south, is the Medford’s nearest neighbor. Other nearby localities include Deerfield, Merton, and Walcott. Owatonna is about seven miles south, and Faribault is about ten miles north of the city. Medford Township was settled in 1853, and organized in 1855. The city was platted in 1856. The first township meeting was held in the home of William K. Colling, an Englishman who returned to England after a few years in Medford. While the subject of a name for the township was under discussion, he said that his son had been born onboard a ship name Medford, and proposed that the township be named for the ship, as it was. A post office was established in 1855. Named for the township, the city was incorporated as a village in 1936. Lynn Frazier, the 12th governor of North Dakota, was born in Medford. The city’s population decreased slightly in the 1980s, but has risen during ever other census year since first recorded in 1940.



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